For many horror fans, the fascination and passion for the genre started at a young age. Whether it was catching glimpses from behind a cracked door, perusing HBO or, in my case, secretly renting VHS movies from the grocery store down the street and watching them while babysitting younger siblings. Monster Squad was one of those movies. The combination of heart, horror and humor found in this film is certainly one that has had an impact on many over the years and there’s a new documentary being released celebrating this impact.
Wolfman’s Got Nards is a project of passion. Directed by Andre Gower (who originally portrayed Sean in Monster Squad) the documentary explores the film’s past while focusing on the fans and the incredible way that 1987’s Monster Squad connected with so many. The cult following simmered beneath the surface for years, unbeknownst to many involved with the original production. Here’s a synopsis of the doc from their official website:
When it was released in 1987, The Monster Squad was deemed a failure by critics and was, according to the box office, a film no one cared about. But over the last three decades, word of mouth has turned this sleeping hit into a cultural phenomenon.
WOLFMAN’S GOT NARDS explores the relationship a dedicated audience (including celebrities and filmmakers) has with The Monster Squad. This documentary takes an in-depth look into the film’s conception, response, cult status, and revival. Through interviews with the cast, crew, screenwriters, directors, academics and original reviewers as well as through never-before-seen footage, it turns the lens on an audience of self-proclaimed misfits who have kept The Monster Squad alive for more than thirty years.
The documentary premiered at the Chattanooga Film Festival and has been racking up rave reviews ever since. A new trailer has just been released and it’s easy to see why. Chocked full of interviews from critics, actors, fans, industry insiders and even director Fred Dekker himself, there’s no shortage of people willing to stand up and sing the praises of this cult classic. While distribution details are still being hashed out, the surfacing of this trailer hints that something is likely on the horizon. Haven’t seen the original film yet? Find it. You will not be disappointed.
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